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Sugar Scaries This Halloween!

October 17th, 2018

Halloween will be here before we know it! Take advantage of these good tips to avoid putting you or your child at risk of decay.

  1. It's best to eat sweets and candy shortly after a meal.  Your saliva is more active during meal times, so in order to ensure a faster break down of sugar, be sure to plan around other meals.
  2. Prevent yourself from snacking on sweets. Snacking throughout the day allows for continued sugar to coat your teeth. This accelerates the break down of your enamel when you are waiting to brush it off.
  3. Choose your candy wisely! Avoid eating hard or sticky candies as they stay in your mouth for a longer period of time and are harder for your saliva to break down.
  4. Donate your unwanted candy. Select your favorite candies and give us your left over sweets and we will donate it to the troops or you can find a local buy-back program! ($$$)
  5. Drink fluoridated water. Drink lots of water while you are eating your sweets to ensure that your teeth will have strong enamel to protect from sugars. That goes for bottled water as well!

Make sure you stop by and see our Halloween costumes - we would love to see yours too! Be safe and have a great Hallows' Eve!

 

Team Update

September 10th, 2018

Hello everyone,

We have been busy over here in the office and we are excited to share some updates from our staff. From new employees, to babies on the way, we want you to share in our celebrations!

To start off, we have our newest member, Kristina. Kristina is a dental assistant with over ten years of experience. She started with us in July and we are so thrilled to have her skills to share with our patients. Kristina is an excellent baker and decorates her cakes like a professional! She has quickly become an asset around the office with her hard-working attitude and caring personality.

Delta joined our team in March, but is now a seasoned veteran around the office. She has years of experience as a dental assistant and has brought her expertise to Dr. Laster's office! Delta keeps all of our operational rooms up and running on a daily basis, along with serving as a leader for our team in the areas of patient care. Delta also is celebrating the birth of her second grandchild, a beautiful baby girl!

Andrea, as some of you may have noticed, is far along in her pregnancy. Her and her husband are excited to be welcoming a baby boy, due this month. Andrea has left our office to move to Charlotte and be with her husband. They are busy getting ready to bring their baby home!

 

We are thrilled for all of our staff members as exciting things are happening and families are growing. We are looking forward to seeing you in the office soon to share more news and updates!

 

Happy 4th of July!

July 3rd, 2018

Good afternoon patients of Christine D. Laster - We want to wish a great Independence Day from our office family to yours! Today we are dedicating our blog to the most-eaten foods on America's birthday, along with the increased likelihood of consumption on July 4th rather than any other day.

  1. Potato salad - Americans are 540% more likely to eat potato salad on July 4th than any other day of the year! Crazy!
  2. Baked beans - 357% more likely to be eaten
  3. Hot dogs - 210% more likely to be eaten
  4. Hamburgers - 117% more likely to be eaten
  5. Pickles - 167% more likely to be eaten
  6. Cole slaw - 150% more likely to be eaten

There's one thing these foods have in common - carbs/sugars! Otherwise known as  the 2 ingredients that create cavities. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it! So with that being said, from us at your dentist, please enjoy your foods but make sure you head home to brush and floss after a great family celebration. Be safe and have a happy 4th!

 

Statistics from CNN Money via Harry Balzer.

http://money.cnn.com/200506/29/pf/food_facts_for_the_fourth/

The Passing of Dr. Don Ferrell Jackson

June 26th, 2018

Hello patients of Dr. Christine Laster. We want to make you all aware of the recent passing of Dr. Don Ferrell Jackson, the very first owner of our dental office location. It is with a very heavy heart that we acknowledge his death on April 25, 2018, at the age of 86.

Dr. Jackson was born in 1931 in Mingo Township, NC, a little ways outside of Fayetteville. He served in the Air Force before attending UNC Chapel Hill for his undergraduate education and then later, his dental education. While at UNC, Don met his wife, Ruth, and they were married in 1958. Dr. Jackson's wife, Ruth, also attended dental school at UNC and upon graduation, they opened the practice we operate out of today. They worked at this practice until their retirement in 1996. We are very proud of his hard work and dedication to dentistry, and the patients we have gained from his legacy.

For the full obituary, please visit: http://www.cremnc.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=2098757